We’ve lived in this house for 4 years now. This will be the first winter that it will be warm and cozy in our living room. Oh oh oh why didn’t we do this 4 years ago?
Here’s a before photo, Monday morning, looking out of the living room window to the front of the house. See that radiator? Who in their right mind thought that that thing was big enough to heat the living room in winter? Who even thought that having such a small radiator was the least bit efficient?
Now here’s the NEW radiator. Now THAT’s a RADIATOR!!
It took 2 workmen half a day to make the changeover to the new radiator. There is actually a crawl space under the floor so they could get under there without destroying anything. Isn’t is beautiful?
We also bought a new thermostat that is wireless. The receiver sits next to the boiler in the attic. The thermostat is a small white box you can carry with you all over the house. That way, the room you are spending time in is the right temperature. Our house is 3 stories tall. Heat rises, so normally the 3rd level is warmer than the ground floor. If I plan to spend several hours in the office at the top of the house, I take the thermostat with me and that room is the perfect temperature, while the ground floor is several degrees cooler. No point heating a room you aren’t using! I tested this out yesterday when I spent most of my day upstairs. It worked perfectly.
The thermostat is also on a timer which DB programmed Monday night. It automatically drops the temps at 10pm and starts to heat the house again at 6:30am. Normally it’s at a low temp during working hours and starts to heat the house again around 5pm when we should be heading home. Last night I taught a class in Amsterdam. When I got home I walked in the door and immediately felt the difference a new radiator makes. It was comfortable in the house. Not too cold, not too warm. I felt like Goldie Locks.
Why didn’t we do this before? Don’t ask. I don’t know. Laziness? Stubbornness? We’re just plain slow to make changes? I think that’s the biggest part of it. But now we have a fantastic fireplace and an efficient heating system. Bring on winter!